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Our volunteer community cadet scheme is designed for young people between the ages of 14 and 18. The scheme provides exciting opportunities to develop new skills and self-confidence, while taking an active part in helping to deliver policing to the local communities.

The scheme aims to:

  • promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people
  • encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship
  • support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard
  • inspire young people to participate positively in their communities

A quarter of our cadets are from a 'vulnerable' background and represent the diversity of the area. Their training ranges from learning about community policing skills and citizenship to participating in operations and events.

 

We are not recruiting cadets at the moment as all places for the current scheme have now been filled. We are hoping to recruit further cadets and expand the scheme to other areas in the county if possible. However, since the programme will be run by volunteers, this will be dependent upon the number of volunteers we are able to recruit to run additional units.

What will I do as a cadet?

As a police cadet you will have the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into policing in Gloucestershire.

You will be involved in various police events and operations, helping to make a real difference in the local community with crime reduction and other public engagement initiatives.  You may also get the opportunity to assist with some police operational work, for example addressing the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to under age youths.*

You will be asked to help at some public events where a visible uniformed police presence is needed.*

You will be expected to attend once a week at Police Headquarters in Waterwells, Quedgeley, Gloucester where you will parade and take part in sessions where you will learn about policing, and find out about forthcoming events including cadet deployments. This is held every Wednesday evening in term time between 7pm and 9pm.

 *Please be assured that your safety is our first priority - we will never put you in harms way. All cadet deployments in public will be fully risk assessed and no cadet will ever be exposed to any potentially dangerous situations.

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What is involved?

The syllabus includes

  1.   Policing duties and skills
  2.   Sporting activities and drill (including parades)
  3.   Participation in community/police crime prevention initiatives and events which may include;
  • Carrying out reassurance visits in communities
  • Visiting older members of the community and promoting crime reduction initiatives
  • Promoting personal safety
  • Assisting with community schemes such as speed watch, school parking awareness, promoting awareness of on-line safety
  • Working with PCSOs on force engagement vehicles and in local areas to promote safety messages and provide reassurance.

Who can apply?

Eligible candidates will be:

  • 14 - 18 year olds.
  • A resident of Gloucestershire 

Anyone within the age ranges who lives in Gloucestershire can apply, including foreign residents (subject to certain restrictions).

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Where will you work?

We would like to give everyone an opportunity to become a volunteer police cadet and we are committed to providing a quality cadet scheme to all parts of the county. This will depend upon the availability of volunteers and suitable locations to run the units. It is our intention to potentially launch these units in the near future. At the moment the Cadet scheme mainly operates in Gloucester, with cadets being deployed to other parts of the county depending on events.

Recent events attended by cadets

  • Paws on Patrol
  • Bike marking scheme
  • Op Switch - anti burglary campaign
  • Cheltenham Races
  • Royal International Air Tattoo
  • Remembrance Sunday Parades
  • Departmental visits
Will it help me join the police force?

The cadet scheme will provide you with an insight into policing. However it will not specifically assist any subsequent application.

Can I still join if I have been in trouble with the police?

This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Will I wear a uniform?

Yes. All cadets are issued with a Gloucestershire community police cadet uniform on successful application. 

Please note: Boots will need to be provided by the cadet.

What is expected of me as a cadet?

As a cadet, we will expect you to turn up smartly and promptly for training and duties. You will be expected to do your best to serve the communities of Gloucestershire and to treat others fairly and with respect. We will also expect high standards of behaviour. Above all though, we want you to learn, try your best and enjoy the experience of being a Gloucestershire police cadet.

I’m not very good at writing application forms. Can I ask someone to help me?

Yes. You can ask someone to help, but we would ask that you complete the application using your own thoughts and feelings.

I am not eligible to apply. What else can I do?

Alternative options to police cadets are the service cadet schemes – army, air, sea, or other youth organisations such as the scouts, guides, St John ambulance service, etc.  For the Gloucester area, you can refer to the Just4Youth website at www.just4youthglos.co.uk

How do I apply?

We are not recruiting cadets at the moment as all places for the current scheme have now been filled. We are hoping to recruit further cadets and expand the scheme to other areas in the county if possible. However, since the programme will be run by volunteers, this will be dependent upon the number of volunteers we are able to recruit to run additional units.

How often do cadets meet?

The unit meets on Wednesday evenings and will be involved in some activities at weekends and during school holidays.

How much does it cost?

We have just introduced subscription fees of £1 per week. These fees go towards some cadet activities, resources and maintaining the cadet unit. 

Where is the scheme based?

The first unit is based at the Constabulary headquarters at Waterwells, Quedgeley, Gloucester, meeting from 7pm-9pm on a Wednesday evening, term time only. As detailed above, further units may be established in the future.

Vacancies


We are not recruiting cadets at the moment as all places for the current scheme have now been filled. We are hoping to recruit further cadets and expand the scheme to other areas in the county if possible. However, since the programme will be run by volunteers, this will be dependent upon the number of volunteers we are able to recruit to run additional units.

Page last updated: 06 September 2017